Drinking, Smoking and Obesity Connection

Published on March 4th, 2010 09:42

Schuylkill Country is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania where the Schuylkill River starts. It is located in the heart of the anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania. Schuylkill County was created on March 1, 1811, from parts of Berks and Northampton Counties and named for the Schuylkill River.

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Excessive drinking is one main cause that placed Schuylkill County near the bottom in a health study of all Pennsylvania counties. Judy Schweich, executive director of Schuylkill Alliance for Health Care Access, said: “I know we are not doing well. It’s not completely socio-economic, it’s partly alcoholism.”

A new project was created by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It covers each county in the nation - in comparison to counties in their state - on a difference of health factors, from drinking and smoking to amount of doctors per capita. This last report showed that 25 percent of county inhabitants smoke cigarettes, 20 percent binge drink and 30 percent are obese.

“This study shows us that there are big differences on the whole health through Pennsylvania’s counties,” said Patrick Remington M.D., associate dean for public health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Remington added that all these health differences are caused by many factors, like quality of health care, quality of the air, and quality of the foods. “We are medically unwarranted. Evidently, the more doctors we have, the better we would be. I look at a lot of people who haven’t been to the doctor in four years or longer,” explained Schweich.

The researchers concluded that Schuylkill County has only 53 main care suppliers per 100,000 inhabitants - below the state level of 119 providers per 100,000 people.

The county is also rightly above the state average in number of preventable hospital remains. M. Michael Peckman, spokesman for Schuylkill Health System, declared: “I think, at best, it’s a sudden shot. Of course, we all want to be healthier. But this study isn’t a report card.”

In appendix to health problems like drinking, smoking and obesity, the new report also takes into consideration the number of inhabitants living in poverty, the number without a high school diploma and other similar statistics.

By Joanna Johnson, Staff Writer. Copyright © 2010 TobaccoPub.com. All rights reserved.


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